2019: Obasanjo urges women to participate in politics

2019: Obasanjo urges women to participate in politics

- Nigerian women have been called upon to actively take part in politics

- Speaking at an annual lecture, Olusegun Obasanjo said 2019 was an avenue for this to happen

- He noted that the population of women was higher but political participation was lower

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has pressed Nigerian women to participate in politics ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections.

Obasanjo gave this advice at the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) 14th Annual Lecture on Wednesday, April 4, in Lagos.

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Vanguard reports that the former president whose lecture was titled, Women, Politics and Nation-Building, noted that the country had a higher percentage of women but fewer were involved in politics. He said 2019 would provide the litmus test for women in politics and encouraged them to actively participate.

“Women must stand up to be counted, it is an insult that resourceful, intelligent, and morally upright women are side-lined into the ghettos of power to perform in almost insignificant positions," he said.

Olubunmi Aboderin-Talabi, the current chairperson of WIMBIZ executive council in her address also called on women to actively participate in politics.

She said: “No woman has ever attained the position of President or Vice-President in Nigeria. There is currently no female governor in Nigeria. Presently, we have just five female deputy governors. We have eight female senators out of 109 and 19 female members of the House of Representatives out of 360 members.”

Meanwhile, Chief Alexander Mwolwus, a Plateau PDP chieftain, on Tuesday, April 3, took on former president Olusegun Obansanjo whom he accused of plotting to discredit PDP to promote his personal interest.

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Obasanjo had in a statement on Monday, told Nigerians not to take the apology offered by PDP some weeks ago serious and had described it as a corrupt political party. But Mwolwus, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pankshin that Obasanjo’s pronouncement was "very unfortunate and selfish in nature".

He described PDP’s apology to Nigerians through its national chairman as “a right step in the right direction", saying, “only great men own up to their mistakes".

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